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Cremation Services
What is Cremation?

Cremation is the process of reducing the body to bone fragments through the application of intense heat. This usually takes from two to three hours and occurs in a special type of furnace, known as a cremation chamber retort. The remaining fragments are then processed into a finer substance and placed in a temporary container. Before the remains are returned to the family, they are usually transferred to an urn for permanent containment.

The Funeral Service and Cremation

Just like a burial, cremation can occur after a funeral where the casket is present at one's place of worship or a funeral chapel. The only real difference between a funeral followed by cremation, is that the body is taken to the crematory after the service in lieu of a precession to the cemetery.

The Cost of Cremation

In the most general sense, the cost of cremation as a mode of disposition is less than that of burial or entombment. However, a more accurate comparison must include the services selected to be part of the total funeral. These will vary in accordance with each person's or family's desires. Likewise, cremation charges vary in each state.

Important Considerations

Crematories generally require that a body be enclosed in a rigid container, providing for the health and safety of the operator and the dignity of the deceased. This container doesn't have to be a casket, so long as it is suitable for cremation. The funeral director can provide cremation containers meeting specific requirements in your area.

Pre-Arranging the Cremation Service

Pre-arrangement is a thoughtful method of funeral planning which grows in popularity every year. Some people do this with the sincere desire to avoid being a burden to their families. Others like the idea of "having taken care of everything," and yet others may have no one else who can make arrangements for them.

Pre-arrangement is also a wise choice when considering cremation. When death occurs, it is the next of kin who assumes primary responsibility of the disposition. Making funeral arrangements for someone while guessing at their preferences may be one of the most difficult tasks a person can face. Having your choices and instruction on services and cremation on file with a funeral director eliminates unresolved questions which may confound others. It is also wise to keep a copy of your pre-arrangement forms and discuss them with family members so that everyone understands. It is essential to include the suggestions and ideas of your family since your death will most directly affect them.